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NEWS Cape Gazette 4 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 - MONDAY. DECEMBER 5. 2011 Sea-level rise could exceed a foot by the end of the century By Melissa Steele melissasteele@capegazette.com A combination of rising sea level and sinking land mass has put Delaware's shoreline in peril. About 100 people attended an informative session Nov. 29 at Cape Henlopen High School - the largest number to attend the five statewide Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control events held throughout November. "We are seeing sea-level rise now and we believe the rates will increase," said Susan Love, resource planner for Delaware Coastal Programs. The sessions were held to gather public comments on ris- ing sea levels. Comments will be used ina final report written by the Delaware Sea Level Rise Ad- visory Committee for policy- makers throughout the state. Love said she hopes the report . will be finished by next summer. Using data dating back to 1900, a DNREC report on sea-level rise tracked sea-level increases for Lewes at about 0.13 inches a tilt as it travels around the sun al- so have an effect on the planet's temperature, but to a lesser de- gree, Tolman said. He said the Earth's m ation around the sun is moving away from a circular shape that al- lowed for a warming period over the past 100,000 years, to a more elliptical shape, indicative of past ice age periods However, Tol- man said, because the next ice age is not likely to occur for an- other 100,000 years, the effects of the "warming rotation will be around for decades and cen- turies to come. Based on the current rate of sea-level rise, Love said, govern- ment must make plans for public safety and the possible flooding of buildings arid infrastructure. Private property owners, espe- cially those living in low-lying areas, should also be aware of the rising sea-level trend Many already are well aware of the rising water around them; Primehook Beach residents are already experiencing the dan- gers. Prime Hook Road washed out A COMPUTER PROGRAM showing residents future fl presentation on sea-level rise. wit By Ron MacArthur ronm@capegazette.corn until help A series of inlets cut by storms he said. at Fowler Beach has forced resi- dents of Primehook Beach to RON MACARTHUR PHOTO )oding potential in t e Cape Region wa popu ar during a DNREC with I ssues was instead rise ,.laware year. At the current observed after Hurricane Irene hk last fall, confront flooding issues dis- rate, the report states sea levels leaving many es]dents Unable to cussed during the Delaware Sea them about safety issues f@- could increase by l3 inches over travel to and from their homes. Level Rise Advisory Commit- ingthe tov n,[but no work,s 100 years. Not only is Delaware's Property owners liv)ng in low- tees public meetings, planed to ~o~rect the probte~n. sea-level rising; Delaware is also lying areas ha;ce a few Options to Long-time residents of Prime- "That's the ten disconnect, lators, settling. According to DNREC's protect their investments, de- hook Beach and Slaughter said. I [ / county federal officials, report, the vertical movement of cording to the DNREC presenta- Beach say sea-level rise has not "If nothifig is done Soon, has Ne ting for more " " ' h the Earth's crust is causing the tion. Residents and municipali- been an issue in the area over will be a baffi r sland, he saint, than 7earl and the group as land in Delaware to slowly sink. ties could adapt to the rising the past 50 yearsl said John "Peop eog ts] do 't realize justul",hL develb ped management plan But it's the increased greem tides by building higher founda- Robinson, a fu)-time Primehook much wat n Units 2 an for y t2aches. The plan house gases, heating up the tions or installing sea walls or Beach resident. Storm damage andit only[t es a little rain,[a break the cost ofl each Earth and melting the ice caps, dikes. They also could decide to to the dune line north of Prime- high tide ,or[so e wind to cause repler ishm nt for each of the that are the primary cause ofris- relocate structures and avoid hook Beach is the reason for flooding. I I | areas;[the tbtal for the Prime- ing sea levels, said Chad Tolman, building in high-risk areas. A fi- flooding problems, he said., Units 2 ahd[ 3 were designed hook ea onld be $1.5 million a writer for the Climate Change nal option would be to abandon Robinson said residents have to be fresl lv ater impoun over the nekt decade. News. The Earth's rotation and the property.- o P ready kno, s what Lewes libz dry expansior{ would be compatible Lewes library gets architectural pr osals users andcmployeeswouldike with the e isting structure. to have in; I Oew facility, era A building at Five Points said the bo: also visited pu )lic could beamy of several designs: Interior design Dec. 12, and could announce the 3!, and designers could begin libraries in D laware and a:'ew traditional, a !ighth0use theme, selected firm at its monthly workin early January. independer t ibraries constntct- or a design based on elements to come first meeting at 8:30 Tuesday, He said interior and exterior ed in the st years, borrgwed from Cape Henlopen Dec. 13, at the library,designs would be married and He said lool(ed at inte[ior Higll Schqol, Butera said. By Henry J. Evans Jr. Although a site has not yet both could be finalized by Sep- design and[talked to director to Bqtera aid the board prefers hevans@capegazette.com been selected, Butera said the tember 2012. find out wl a{ they like and lis- to h tve a Delaware-based archi- panel thinks interior design work The panel would seek contrac- like about buildings. | tectural firm design the facility Thirteen firms have submitted is not site-dependent, tor construction bids and build- Butera s id baying an archi}ect to keep biasiness and money in proposals for the interior design Locations have been narrowed ing could begin before the end of design int(.rR)r features first - the ta!e. of a new Lewes Public Library. to expansion and remodeling of the year. such as th- 9aain desk, p@lic Were Delaware library, and Ned Butera, library board the e dsting facility orconstruc- The project would take lS to 24 computer rehs, employee v ork we get 50 percent of our funding member and chairman of the li- tionofanewbuildingonaparcel months to complete. "We'd like areas and kre room - and lso fror the )ounty and the state," brary design committee, said the at The Villages of Five Points. to complete everything by the select furni sh ngs, shelving, :ar- he s id. q he state wants to en: panel thinks the library's interior Butera said at either site, the li- end of 2013, Butera said. He said peting, f and other int ri- Surethat libraies meet their design is more important thanits brary s central space will be the facility could be finished by or element. Would give the p :oj- servlce a ea's needs as popula- exterior, some sort of rectangle of about June 2013, but he also said de- ect a jump-;tart. | tion grow} in the next 20 to 30 He also said the community 6,000 square feet. At the existing pending on weather and other 'Once w,'. pick a site, our l lan years. LeWes' new facility will be could be asked to offer ideas for site, the main area of the building factors, the schedule could back- is to have II } community l elp at least 2 ,000 squaee feet. To the exterior design, would be built approximately slide, pushing the grand opening design the Ilil rary's Outside,'1 he meet stat requirements, the ex- The design committee will Be-where the parking lot is. to December 2013 or June 2014. said. | [ isting bullding would need an lect a short list of firms and inter- Butera said the panel would He said based on earlier Bur- He said if the library remains addition of 10,000 to 12,000 view representatives Monday, select a site by Saturday, March veys, tile design committee al- where it is,exterior design of the square feet.